I often come across books that I'd love to read just for myself. I drool over all of the wonderful offering in the Christian Book Distributors catalog when it comes -- books for encouragement, books for Bible study, books about parenting, and all sorts of other books I'd love to read. The problem is that I can rarely find the time to really read a whole book. I pick up a book, read a paragraph, find the lost doll shoe that Lauren put somewhere, read a sentence or two more, change the laundry, and so on. A few days later I find the book slid half-way under the couch where it got kicked after I last set it down.
I recently found a book that fit my (lack of) schedule, and it really blessed me.
From the Mouth of Babes was written by Kimberly Williams, a fellow homeschool mom, a preacher's wife, and a mom to three entertaining kids. In her book, she shares "stories about life, children, faith, and this world we live in."
This book is a real treasure with hidden jewels scattered throughout the pages. For me, one of the best parts is that it is written in mom-sized nuggets. I tucked my copy of the book into my purse for unexpected waiting times. I even read a short thought while I was waiting in an extra long check-out line at the grocery store.
Of course, mom-sized nuggets of nonsense might help me pass the time waiting in line, but they won't make a difference later in the day or later in my life. Every story on every page of this book has a purpose -- the author shares these stories as a way of encouraging or challenging women to live a more Godly life. I was blessed with a moment to spend thinking about God's plan for my family when I picked up this book instead of a junky magazine while I waited in line.
In this book, I found lessons about slowing down and focusing on what's important. I found Bible lessons, and I still think about her discussion about songs, hymns, and spiritual songs. While I was mopping my own floor this afternoon, I remembered her story about how her son approached mopping their kitchen floor. I'm challenged by what she shared in terms of marriage.
I'd highly recommend buying a copy of From the Mouth of Babes. It's a perfect way to brighten your own day. It would also be a perfect way to encourage a fellow mom.
There's perhaps no better summary of this treasure than the one Kimberly Williams writes herself on the back cover, "Get ready to laugh, be prepared to be challenged, and pull out your Bible as you are pointed to the Word of God."
From the Mouth of Babes is available to purchase for $14.95 on either the author's website Until the Day Dawn or on Amazon.com.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.